Automated Optimization vs. Analytics: What’s the Best Path to Optimization?

Analytics packages seem to have it all. At first glance, integrated dashboards provide a snapshot of operational processes, metrics and key performance metrics (KPIs). Unfortunately, analytics as an actual cost reduction tool in chilled water systems are limited unless a human takes action on this information to adjust operations. Optimizing the efficiency of dynamic systems, […]

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Implementing Energy Solutions that Don’t Jeopardize Your Plant’s Operations

Pharmaceutical manufacturers require 100 percent reliability in their chilled water plants to maintain product quality, ensure the validation of test results and eliminate manufacturing downtime. Having the “correct” plant chiller sequencing set once is simply not enough to meet ongoing operational demands. On a daily basis, increased loads occur, weather conditions vary and unexpected maintenance […]

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5 Steps to Communicate the Value of Your Energy Program

You’ve implemented an effective corporate energy program that’s lowered operating costs – probably in the 35-50 percent range. You’ve achieved significant cost savings, while also helping the environment by reducing your energy consumption. But the work isn’t quite done yet. Now it’s the time to communicate both the program details and the results. You might […]

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IPS® Retrofit: Discover the Simple, Effective Solution for Chiller Plant Energy Efficiency

Did you know that if your chiller plant features a primary/secondary (P/S) design, you are likely not operating at maximum efficiency? With the introduction of variable speed drives in the 1970s, the P/S design was created to take advantage of the newfound ability to modulate flow with load and the added flexibility for chiller staging. […]

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How Professor Pump Became a Guiding Force at tekWorx

You sometimes meet people and immediately understand their impact will be felt far and wide for years to come. Our co-founder Burt Rishel was one of those people. He made his mark in design, engineering and writing while influencing those around him with his intelligence, heart and dedication. A gifted engineer and a captain of […]

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Optimizing HVAC in the Growing Health Care System

Hospitals and health systems have become a noticeably booming industry. New health care facilities are sprouting up everywhere, from huge downtown medical districts to local branches in smaller communities. Unfortunately, a hovering cloud of worry follows the excitement for these new developments—expanding or opening these new health care buildings is a very expensive process. There […]

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Scalability: The Importance of Weighing the Best Fit for Energy Solutions

Finding energy solutions that will be worth the time and effort can be intimidating. A successful search requires a smart, realistic, and curious approach. It’s easy to fall into the advertising traps of the cheapest, most convenient, or most heavily promoted products. Despite these tricks, however, it’s important to remember that just because the shoe […]

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Sustainability: A Treasure Hunt for a Better Energy Solution

When we hear the term “sustainability,” we automatically think of the trends that have been surfacing in our world over the past couple of years. Questions like “How can we make our world greener?” or “How can we save energy and resources?” seem to appear everywhere. Although awareness has been raised, the basic fixes like […]

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Energy Efficiency Important As Ever

As the United States Senate begins voting next week on a bill focused on energy, House Committees are looking to address issues that will boost energy efficiency in buildings, industries, and federal agencies. Energy efficiency remains a hot bed topic in governmental regulation and with businesses looking to decrease their energy costs. Globally, residential and […]

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HVAC Retrofit Best Practices

Replacing an HVAC System can become an expensive and time-consuming process with heavy potential for disruptions to normal building operations and can consume endless amounts of time if not done correctly. When putting a plant upgrade strategy together around retrofitting chilled water systems, there are 8 factors that executives should consider to ensure optimal results. […]

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Issues with Primary and Secondary Chiller Plants

An energy efficient design is the last thing on a property owners’ mind during the construction of a chilled water plant. Typically, the chief concern revolves around keeping construction costs to a minimum, ignoring future utility costs and energy efficiency considerations that are critical once a building is fully functioning. Due to this altered focus, […]

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Saving on Demand Charges

Welcome to Ask an Engineer, where our approachable experts are ready to field questions in regards to engineering, chiller plant optimization, or just about what tekWorx can do for you! Put on sunscreen. Drink plenty of water. Make sure your chiller plant is operating at 100% efficiency…wait, what? Summer is the most important season for […]

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